22 April 2010
21 April 2010
What you might not know is that the only other sort of fame Sam Clemens found was as a tremendous failure in business. He insisted on backing the inventor of a failed adding machine in 1876. What is so sad about this? The same year, he failed to join his friend Alexander Graham Bell in the very first telecommunications venture, American Telephone & Telegraph [AT&T] ! As a result, Twain worked right up until years of smoking 20 cigars a day caught up with him [just as with Grant!]. When Dr. Twain passed away on 21 April 1910, Halley's Comet was visible from earth again. In fact, our planet passed through the tail of the comet! Mark Twain caught a ride out the same way he came in, 100 years ago today....
The debate has long raged about "The Great American Novel". People are still trying to write it. By my estimation, Mark Twain did that already with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. If you don't think so, then you must at least consider any of the other books Dr. Twain composed. Was it Tom Sawyer, Roughing It, or a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court? You can debate which of these is The Great American Novel, but there can be no doubt as to the identity of The Great American Novelist. We will still be reading Mark Twain in 2060, when Halley's Comet returns. If you are sill around [as I plan to be], think of the tail as a trail of smoke from Twain's cigar. I know I will....
19 April 2010
18 April 2010
13 April 2010
An Historical Texas Two Step
Johnny Baker Jr.
In all the experience I’ve gained to this date,
I have the proud and bless’d assurance of being from the state
Which has been owned throughout its history by Mexico, France, and Spain.
The 3 flags bringing the total to 6 can easily be named.
180 or 90 brave and strong took on Santa Anna at the Alamo,
But we became a sovereign nation with victory at San Jacinto.
A true blue, Lone Star Texas will tell anyone, with pride,
Texas annexed the United States, December 1845.
In a little less than another generation,
Texas joined 10 other states to form a Confederate nation.
There are few fond recollections from those years of history,
Led by President Jefferson Davis and Gen. Robert E. Lee.
The Age of the Outlaw rose from Reconstruction days,
And many came from Texas to live that evil way.
There came John Wesley Hardin, and a fellow named Sam Bass,
Who both met assassins’ bullets which would lay them under grass.
In the years since the reunion of the States with Texas soil,
We Texans found new sources of pride—in ranches and in oil.
Texas has become a legend, and it will live on without us,
Through Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove and a TV show called Dallas.
The Blue Bonnets ‘long the interstates will live after we’re all dead,
When generation yet unborne will crave a Bowl of Red.
Lay me to rest in side oats gramma, ‘neath a nest of mockingbirds.
Teach them the verses to Texas, Our Texas—and not another word!